ISSUE #92

History of resistance and the black press


Biko 40 years on: A Symbol Beyond His Lifetime


“Death can itself be a politicising thing.”

Power play: how could SA media portray a female president?


Women in politics is contaminated by hegemonic masculinity

Axis and Revolution: Gabeba Baderoon compiles her fourth collection of poetry


“Poetry is not always pretty but sometimes it brings us close to beauty.”

Lessons from KPMG: be on guard, South Africans are on your case


Everyone in South Africa is paying for the sins of KPMG

We Cannot Be Silent: Multi-media exhibition offers space for healing and hope


Honouring the lives of girls and women in South Africa

Human rights reflected through art


Art and Human Rights: An exhibition

Legalizing Othering: The United States of Islamophobia


Legislating the exclusion of Muslims through state and federal policy

Pathways to Free Education


Taking the university beyond the ivory tower

Eskom and the mythology of black empowerment


Disturbing the heroes vs bad guys narrative

ISSUE #92

Welcome to the December edition of The Journalist


This is the last edition for 2020. Our next edition will be in January 2021.

In this edition we highlight three important issues that were newsworthy in this month - the Presidential Elections in the USA, the announcement by the SABC that it was embarking on a programme of mass retrenchment and the ongoing campaigns against violence perpetrated on women and children.

We therefore have contributions that challenge the idea that the US is some kind of gold standard of democracy and instead show that the USA is at best a very flawed democracy and in no place to lecture Africans about democracy. We feature an article which, instead of downsizing, calls on us to debate the importance of the SABC as both a vehicle and a register of democracy in South Africa.

We also spotlight an investigate journalist’s allegations about police killings in Cato Manor in KZN which have been the subject of conflicting reports in the media since 2011. He calls for a judicial enquiry into these matters.

As befits November’s activism against Violence on Women and Children we spotlight an article which calls on us to swop a brand of toxic masculinity for a different kind of masculinity. In this regard our Arts section features the musician, Kadaf, who takes stand against male violence and patriarchy.

The Craft section features Glenda Daniel’s book, Power and Loss, which highlights the extent to which job losses in the media have occurred leading to the decimation of newsrooms.

Our Book Review section features a review of Patric Tariq Mellet’s The Lie of 1652, which debunks many of the colonial myths about 1652 - the apparent first meeting between Europeans and South African indigenous people – designed to justify the dispossession and exploitation which followed.


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